Mary Vaccaro is a Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Arlington. She wrote a book on the paintings of Parmigianino (2002) after co-authoring a volume on the same artist's drawings (2000), both published in Italian and English. As an authority on the School of Parma, she has been a guest lecturer in conjunction with related exhibits in Europe, North America, and Asia. Her recent work ranges in topic from female beauty to spiritual kinship (artists as godparents), but her primary interest involves the study of 16th-century drawings, with skills first honed during her fellowship at Villa I Tatti (1998-99).
This project will survey extant preparatory drawings by Annibale and Agostino Carracci for the decorative murals in the Farnese Palace, Rome, to reconsider questions of attribution and collaboration, as well as artistic sources. Particular attention will be paid to lost drawings recorded in the so-called Perrier album (Louvre).